Vela fan de Groenbank – (Jasper 366 x Teunis 332) 16hh Mare
Sired by Jasper 366, first daughter of Femma L (Stb Model) awarded a 2nd Premie as a foal at the UK 2006 inspections and entered the studbook with a 3rd Premie in 2010. Vela is a beautiful, strong filly with a super willing temperament and desire to learn. Born in Cartmel she has benefitted from being brought up on our farm and displays the amazing gentle and kind nature the Friesian is renowned for. We backed Vela to ride in the Autumn of 2009 and she quickly learnt to drive the following Spring. After a couple of months of schooling we threw her in the deep end with her first competition, BD affiliated Prelim at Myerscough where she scored a very creditable 67.39%. She followed this up with a succession of wins at Myerscough with scores of 74.16% and 79.58%.
After a winter break Vela returned to the dressage arena in February, winning her first outing after only a couple of weeks back in full time work. If she continues to show an aptitude for sport we will consider whether to include her in our breeding program.
Vela is an extremely kind natured mare who will always stand back in a field of mares so she doesn’t get pulled into any confrontation! It’s a different matter if she goes out with any of the boys who she keeps well and truly in their place!
Nowadays we mainly use Vela for driving as we think she finds it more enjoyable. Occassionally, we do take her out on a hack, as she does love to have a good blast. For people learning to drive, Vela is perfect, being responsive and sensible on the road. Her presence and experience make her very suitable to use for the weddings too, something we do regularly. In a pair with her half-brother Hidde she always makes quite the impression.